St. Ann’s Art Curriculum Intent

At St Ann’s our intention is to provide an Art Curriculum which allows children to explore their imagination, generate ideas, acquire skills, apply judgements and rejoice in their learning. To offer opportunities to recognise and be inspired by the awe and wonder of God’s creation through studying the work of artists and consequently use their talents to communicate their appreciation of God’s world.

We want the children to develop as critical and creative thinkers and enrich, extend and consolidate learning in a variety of contexts. Through systematic and progressive planning, we intend to encourage the children to express, explore and celebrate ideas, feelings, attitudes and values. We aim to foster originality and creativity using Art as a means of communication. Innovation and sensitivity to personal feelings and attitudes will permeate the school environment.

Throughout the curriculum children will be given opportunities:

  • To develop knowledge, understanding and skills.
  • To learn about materials and techniques used by artists
  • To learn about the world of art, craft and design
  • To recognise achievement of artists, designers and craftspeople, from many different times and cultures.

We aim to raise the standards of the pupils’ abilities in specific art and craft skills such as:

  • Cutting
  • Joining
  • Drawing
  • Evaluating
  • Use of sketchbooks within KS2

We aim to increase the opportunities for the children to experience:

  • Art from different cultures
  • Visits to art galleries, exhibitions and installations
  • Using different materials and techniques
  • Art within our community


Art Overview


Aut 1

Aut 2

Spr 1

Spr 2

Sum 1

Sum 2



Mixing colours – faces.

Printing – hand /finger.




Art Exhibition work. Collage, painting, gluing/sticking.

Chalk pastels, Collage Christmas decs.

Salt dough modelling

Chalks and pastels – snowmen etc.

Cutting/ snipping


Oil pastels and colour washing.


Drawing – minibeasts.

Cutting/ scissor skills.

Junk modelling


Junk modelling.

Drawing, Painting



Drawing – family pictures.

Junk modelling.


Clay Modelling.


Junk Modelling

Chalk pastels

Salt dough modelling


Art Exhibition work


Junk Modelling.

Cutting and sticking skills.

Colour Mixing. (Kandinsky)

Water colour painting.

Printing with stamps.


Junk Modelling.

Cutting and sticking skills.

Colour Mixing.


Junk Modelling.

Cutting and sticking skills.


Study of an Artist – Andrew Goldsworthy – Outdoor Art

Year 1




Trees. Geography of our school)


Sculpture with different media


Drawing – A variety of media

(Houses/Local area/Canals)




Study of an (Artist- Lowry


Collage Mixed Media

(North East Australia)



(Australian Art)

Year 2


(British Isles)



Drawing Painting Collage Mixed Media

(Great Fire of London)


Drawing – A variety of Media


dyeing techniques

(Alien landscape


Rockets/ Explorers




Sculpture with different media




Collage Mixed Media

Significant people/



Year 3

Drawing with different media- Stone Age


Sketching and printing Fossils.

Modelling fossils using salt dough


Drawing – using grids

History of portraits,


painting Hieroglyphics

Painting and collage using Klimt’s Expectation

Study of an artist Barbara Hepworth.

Drawing, sculpting soap, outside sculptures



Explore artists who paint mountain,

e.g. Hokusai

Water colour Painting

Year 4

Study of an Artist – Rousseau,







(Greek Vases)





Collage, Mixed Media

(Roman mosaics, Roman coins)



(Rivers – a variety of artists)



(Roman weaving – wall hanging)



Year 5

Drawing, (Earth and Space)





Clay modelling



Modelling, drawing, painting

(Masks – South America)




(Maya-South America)

Study of an Artist

(William Morris)


Drawing, Printing

Study of an Artist

(William Morris)


Year 6



Lino Printing,





(Trenches/air raid shelters)




Study of an Artist

(Frida Kahlo)



(Georgia O’Keefe)

Drawing, Collage, Mixed Media



Clay Sculpture

3D models




(NYC Met Ball)

Costume design

Collage, mixed media







































































This is our intended plan for the year, it may be necessary to deviate slightly from this plan from time to time. However, all the National Curriculum objectives will still be covered.


Art Objectives by Year Group


Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6











1. Create from own imagination.


2.Experiment with an open mind

and try out all the materials.


3.Create a piece of Art that is responding to an experience.

1.Try out different activities and make sensible choices about what to do next.


2.Use drawing to record ideas and experiences.

1.Gather and review information and resources related to their ideas and intentions.


2.Use a sketch book to record observations, plan and shape ideas.

1. Select and use relevant resources and references to develop their ideas.


2. Use sketch books, and drawing, purposefully to inform ideas and plan for an outcome.


3.Show several different versions of an idea and how research has led to improvements in their proposed outcome

1. Engage in open ended research to initiate and develop their own personal ideas.


2. Confidently use sketchbooks for a variety of purposes including: recording, observations, developing ideas, testing materials, planning and recording information.

1. Independently develop a range of ideas which show curiosity, imagination and originality


2. Systematically investigate, research and test ideas.


3. Sketchbooks will show how work will be produced and how the qualities of materials will be used.







4. Explore a range of materials and processes and recognise that they have different qualities. (Wet and dry, hard and soft, paint and ink)


5. Use a range of textile equipment including beads and fabric/thread for sewing.


6. Explore natural materials.


7. Collect images as starting points using digital camera.


8. Take prints and rubbings from objects using roller and ink

3. Broaden drawing techniques with a wide range of wet and dry materials.


4. Explore shading: light and dark tones.


5. Introduce sculpture materials.


6. Simple dyeing techniques including tie dyeing and printing.


7. Work with a range of paints including powder, ready mix, block and ink.


8. Create printing blocks using a relief or impressed method.

3. Explore different pencils for different purpose and effect.


4. Experiment with different brushes. Use more specific colour language.


5. Combine materials and give reasons for choices.


6. Begin to experiment with different tools for line drawing.


7. Join clay adequately and construct a simple base for extending and modelling other shapes.

4. Decorate using different materials to finish.


5. Experiment with working on different surfaces.


6. Explore different textures (laminating, Modroc, collage)


7. Build up painting techniques (resist work, layering and scraping)


8. Use more hardwearing materials (card, cardboard, wood) for creating 3D structures.


9. Introduction to monoprinting.


3. Build upon previous work on colour mixing by exploring consistency/ texture of paint and application techniques.


4. Experiment with a range of collage techniques such as tearing, overlapping and layering to create images and represent textures.


5.Use drawing techniques to introduce perspective (drawing from above and below, near and far.


6. Produce intricate patterns and textures in malleable materials,


7. Use of roller and ink on different surfaces to create low relief printing blocks.

4. Start to develop their own style using tonal contrast and mixed media.


5. Explore a variety of materials to create sculptures.


6. Start to take risks with paint incorporating mixed media such as collage materials.


7. Use dyes, paints, batiks, applique to design their own textile. 


8. Use a graphics package to create and manipulate images.


Skills and Making





9. Explore line and mark making in different ways.


10. Work with a variety of different brushes.


11. Learnt o thread and use a needle to sew.


12. Learn colour mixing.

9. Deliberately choose to use particular techniques for a given purpose.


10.Develop and exercise some care and control over the range of materials they use.


8. Develop practical skills by experimenting with, and testing the qualities of a range of different materials.


9. Select, and use appropriately, a variety of materials and techniques in order to create their own work.

10. Investigate the nature and qualities of different materials and processes systematically.

11. Apply the technical skills they are learning to improve the quality of their work.


12. Select and use the appropriate tools and materials for different purposes.

8. Confidently investigate and exploit the potential of new and unfamiliar materials.


9. try out several different ways of using tools and materials that are new to them.


10. Use their acquired technical expertise to make work which effectively reflects their ideas and intentions.

9. Independently take action to refine their technical and craft skills in order to improve their mastery of materials and techniques.


10. Independently select and effectively use relevant processes in order to create successful and finished work.


Knowledge and understanding





13. Explore a range of work by other artists, craft makers and designers.


14. Name simple tools, techniques and the formal elements (colours, shapes, tones) that they use.

11. Recognise that different forms of creative works are made by artists, craftspeople and designers from all cultures and time.


12. Talk about the materials, techniques and processes they have used.


13. Know the names of tools and colours they use.

10. Research and describe the work of some artists, craftspeople and designers.


11. Explain how to use some of the tools and techniques they have chosen to work with.

13. Know about and describe some of the key ideas, techniques of a variety of artists, craftspeople, architects and designers.


14. Be able to demonstrate how tools, they have chosen to work with, should be used effectively and with safety.



11. Research and discuss the ideas and various approaches of various artists, craftspeople, designers and architects.


12. To take into account particular cultural contexts and intentions.


13. To be able to describe the processes they are using and how they hope to achieve high quality outcomes.

11. To describe, interpret and explain the work and ideas of some significant artists, craftspeople, designers, architects.


12. To be able to discuss the influence of the different historical, cultural, social contexts in which they worked.

13. To use technical vocabulary and techniques for modifying the qualities of different materials and processes.







15. To show interest in, and say what they think about, the work of others.

14. To be able to express clear preferences and give some reasons for these.


15. To begin to give reasons for the choice of materials and colours.

12. To take the time to reflect upon what they like and dislike about their work.


13. To be able to say what they would do next to improve their work.

15. Regularly reflect upon their own work.


16. Use comparisons with the work of others (pupils and artists) to identify how to improve.





14. To regularly analyse and reflect on their progress.


15. To talk about what they hoped to achieve.

14. To be able to provide a reasoned evaluation of both their own and professionals’ work.

15. To be able to take into account the starting points, intentions and context behind the work.